Bakersfield College

About MESA

The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) is one of the country's oldest programs providing academic support to educationally disadvantaged students so that they can excel in math and sciences and graduate with degrees in engineering, science and technology.

MCCP is a rigorous academic support program that strives to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged community college students who transfer to four-year institutions and earn a degree in math, science, engineering or computer science fields.

Student Requirements

To be eligible for the program, a student must fit the following criteria:

  • Financial Disadvantage: Receiving some form of financial aid, such as:
    • FAFSA
    • Board of Governor's Waiver (BOGW)
    • Other
  • Pursuing a STEM field, such as:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Math
    • Physics
    • Any other STEM field*

*DISCLAIMER: Nursing program is NOT considered a STEM field

Other Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled in as least 12 course units
  • Student intends to transfer to a 4-year university
  • Student agree to abide to MESA Program Contract
  • Student must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Student must be enrolled in at least one STEM course each semester
  • Students must be at Pre-Calculus or above math level.

In addition, the program requires student involvement in one of the following activities per semester:

  • Academic Excellence workshop
  • MOW
  • Professional/Career Development Seminars
  • Capstone Projects

Students accepted into the MESA program may be eligible for STEM book vouchers, scholarships, stipends, free tutoring, field trips to four-year colleges and industries respective to students’ fields of study, industry internships and an environment for studying and networking.

For more information about qualifications, please come to the MESA office located in the AERA STEM Success Center.

Due to limited grant funding, not all students who qualify may be accepted into this program. Those most at need and meet all student responsibilities will be considered first.

What to Bring to Join the MESA Program

  • Complete MESA Application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Proof of receiving Financial Aid
  • Currently enrolled Course Schedule
  • Current Up To Date Student Educational Plan
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